Jari Vuorinen (born 1975) is Finnish designer, light artist and speaker. He works as Creative Director for Lighting Design Collective with a passion for adding layers of expression and content to architecture. The tools he uses are light and media. Vuorinen holds a BA in Lighting Design.
Jere Suontausta (b. 1994) is a multidisciplinarily and multisensorially working artist based in Helsinki. In his practice he prefers to embrace both intuition and serendipity, taking often a rather non-rational approach to pottering around with found materials. Suontausta declares his artistic aspire to be pursuing something otherworldly by means of combining familiar and unknown in peculiar ways.
Suontausta graduated as Master of Arts in 2020 from the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki, Degree Programme in Lighting Design.
Joakim Udd's working process is driven by an interest in dimensions, minimalism and its maximization. He has worked extensively with live performance and the performing arts. Udd has also performed curatorial work for light art events and has a background in event production and design.
Juan Kasari a MFA from the Academy of fine arts, Time and Space Arts study programme, is a visual artist living and working in Helsinki. His works have recently been shown at Sinne gallery in Helsinki, Photographic gallery Hippolyte and MUU Gallery in Helsinki, Photographic center Peri in Turku, as well as several group exhibitions in Finland and Abroad. The reality around us is composed of random events, probabilities and intentional events. They are all complex phenomena, whether visible or invisible.We as humans exist in a no man’s land between things and meanings. New things and meanings emerge from the process of encounters and events around us. His installation works renders tangible states of isolation, transitoriness and ephemerality. The artworks are large abstract colour surfaces that avoid both the figurative idiom and narrativity. They are also in a constant state of change. The artificial and natural light, the layers of superimposed video projections and the viewer’s presence all play upon the gallery space and the works, giving rise to new changeable meanings. Kasari’s works are based on Mondrian’s idea of pure beauty that is devoid of figurative or narrative content. The projections employ primary colours and their combinations. In his artistic work, Juan Kasari explores the internal tensions of humanity and microcosmoses. His previous major solo shows (Gated Community and Real White Panthers) were about real-life closed communities. In his more recent exhibitions, Kasari’s visual vocabulary has become more abstract, yet addressing the same themes.
Juha Rouhikoski has worked with light since 1994. He is continuously looking for ways to utilize the secret, visible and invisible wavelengths of light.He is currently working on his artistic research PhD in the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki.
Kari Alonen (b.1953) is a long-standing visual artist from Central Finland who has become known both for his outspoken art and for a new combination of stone, glass and light. Social criticality and humor are weapons with which Kari takes a stand on the grievances he sees. “The partisan of humor beats the army of squares”.
Kari began his career as a civil servant, but he soon found that making art was more appealing than creating a career in an agency. The shortcomings of the system also meant that he did not want to be part of that system. On the contrary, these experiences act as a springboard for his stance-taking art. Eventually, for Kari, the desire to try overcame the fear of failure, and he ended his career as a civil servant to start making art full-time, without any other livelihood. This is how the official became an artist.
Kirsti Taiviola is a visual artist while specializing in glass and light. The red thread in Taiviola’s works has been an interest in the possibilities of light and glass as tools of transmitting observations and making something visible. She has worked with questions of materiality, time and authorship and her works often pay respect to the craftsmanship of glassmaking. For her glass is, above all, a medium that allows her to work with optics and the experience of light and color. She frequently uses handmade free-form glass lenses to create projections of light. Taiviola's recent public artworks are Auringon laulu (The Canticle of the Sun), an altar piece in Söderkulla Church in Sipoo and Kenno (Honeycomb), a light installation in the tunnel leading to the University of Helsinki metro station in Helsinki. Both completed in 2021. Paju (Willow), a “baptism tree” -sculpture combining light, glass and bronze, was completed in Tapiola Church in Espoo in 2022. Taiviola’s works are included in the collections of the Finnish National Gallery and The Finnish Glass Museum.
KOKIMO is a group of artists, founded in 2010 in Helsinki. All eight KOKIMO members work independently in performing and visual arts, and together as KOKIMO their work is both collaborative and collective. KOKIMO explores the relations between people and their environment, and uses the experiential perceptions gained as a material in their work. In KOKIMO’s pieces, the emphasis is on sensitivity towards the environment, on multisensory experiences, and on an active participant position. The group’s work is both space and site sensitive. Ecological and ethical values are always present in KOKIMO’s work. The light in KOKIMO pieces can be either the existing light, a narally changing light that forms a part of the work, or light created with spotlights. It can also mean limiting the visibility, using darkness as a part of the artwork, or traditional light art. KOKIMO’s work has been seen both in Finland and internationally, and the group’s light art has been exhibited in Helsinki in both LUX Helsinki and the FLASH biennial. KOKIMO’s members are Kristian Ekholm, Markus Heino, Raisa Kilpeläinen, Viljami Lehtonen, Anna Murtola, Veera-Maija Murtola, Anna Pöllänen, and Salla Salin. Kilpeläinen, Murtola, and Pöllänen are responsible for the light art.
Liisi Soroush & Camilo Sanchez; Lasismi: Kaappo Lähdesmäki; Niko Tiainen
Konvolv is a multidisciplinary international new media collective discussing societal, political and environmental complexities. Our collective outcomes deliver interactive, participatory and immersive experiences along with concepts on futuristic scenarios and frameworks. The artistic and design practice is an interplay between speculative, critical and reflective design. We reflect upon and integrate our know-how on digital human rights, embodied / sound and physical interaction, queer media art, decolonization, open society activism, surveillance, power structures, musicology, post- and transhumanism, human-material interaction, new materialism, mediaarcheology, ubicomp, HCI, software engineering, creative coding, machine learning, post-WIMP and rhythmanalysis. As a collective, we strive for observing places, spaces, environments and ambiences unfolding into site and case-specific narratives that incorporate data flows with a meaningful message. Our efforts translate into a variety of site-specific new media art formats connected to local inhabitants; living or nonliving, human or non-human, animals and entities. Whilst examining human-machine collaboration, we aim for explorations through-provoking senses merging into the state of presence.
Leena Kangaskoski’s artistic practice is build around the notion of materials and symbols being porous and leaking into each other. She uses everyday actions and materials, often by amplifying a chosen characteristic or repeating it to form a mass. Her exploration of material narratives and their latent potentials connects to a search for something that might emerge, moving intuitively from fabulation to fabrication. She explores an interest for popular science stories and the common ground that lies enclosed within the lithosphere.
Leena Kangaskoski graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 2011. She currently lives and works in Helsinki, Finland and is a member of Association of Finnish Sculptors and MUU Artists’ Association.
Founder / Director at Large: Tapio Rosenius
Creative Director / Founding Partner: Jari Vuorinen
In our work we seek to combine deep understanding of human psychology, behavioural science, digital technologies, interaction, digital content development, lighting design and project realisation. We believe in collaboration and collective way of achieving common goal.
Our multicultural team has backgrounds in lighting, architecture, design, digital arts, product development, software development and virtual reality. We operate in open "anti-disciplinary" fashion where the project team as a whole contributes freely to the process.
Our approach attracts innovation leaders from real-estate development, architecture, urban development, retail, branding, interior design, commercial centres, academia and research.
Light has been an important element in Maaria Wirkkala’s work since the beginning of her career: Urban environments, or light that takes a form of a house, illuminated blind walls, that are normally un noticed,- shadow of a glass ladder, that is stronger than the object itself. “I work with what I see and with what I don’t want to see”: she says herself. Rosa Martinez wrote about her work for Venice Biennial 2001:”Two fundamental forces coalesce in the work of Maaria Wirkkala – the desire to illuminate shadows and the need to establish new relationships between people, places and things. Maaria Wirkkala sets out from a given situation and explores its complexity in order to uncover its poetic potential or charge it with new meanings. Some items in her vocabulary (chairs, screens, fields of light) feature in different works, creating an associative continuum of emotions and reflections which on each occasion take on new meaning.” Rosa Martinez for Venice Biennale 2001) Maaria Wirkkala has participated in several international exhibitions (Venice Biennale, Istanbul Biennale, Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial)
The Mechanit Project is a Helsinki-based art collective formed in 2015. The group is especially interested in the agency of machines. The members are: Atte Olsonen, Teo Lanerva, Jani Hietanen, Ukko-Pekka Itäpelto and Soili Huhtakallio. They're working in the fields of installation and performing arts.
Lighting designer (Master of Arts (Theatre and Drama)) b. 1984, Lives in Brussels, Belgium.
Meri Ekola is attracted by light as an expressive medium because of its dramatic potential. With her work she wish to generate unique aesthetic experiences in people’s minds and a strong feeling of presence in the moment. She has gained experience by working both in the wide field of performing arts and architectural lighting design. In each production she seeks to find a specific role for lighting and use it as an expressive medium.
Mia Erlin is a media artist working with light, sound and video. She has done temporary installations for urban spaces and light festivals as well as permanent artworks in public spaces. Mia Erlin has graduated from the Department of Light and Sound Design at the Treatre Academy and worked as an artist and designer since 1997.
Mia Erlin is a media artist working with light, sound and video. She has created temporary installations for urban space and light festivals, as well as permanent works in public spaces. Mia Erlin graduated from the Department of Light and Sound Design at the Theatre Academy and has worked as an artist and designer since 1997.
Heini Myllyoja is a light artist and designer with a wide range lighting and art projects. In addition to light artworks and installations Heini has designed architectural lighting since the beginning 2000. She has gratuated from the Aalto University Visual Culture and Contemporary Art program and TAMK Art and Media school's light design BA program.
Heini is interested in visually sustainable spaces, everyday life's aesthetics and the diversity of light.
Kivinen has curated light and fine art projects since 2007, alone and in groups, in galleries, city spaces and festivals. She been giving lectures about and teaching light art since 2014. She's familiar with organising seminars, workshops and other activities. She writes about light art and talks about it, constantly.
Mollu Heino lives and works in Luvia, Eurajoki. She has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Art and Design. Heino's main means of expression are light and three-dimensional materials. The subjects of the art pieces emerge from nature and the part of humans in the world.
Nanni Vapaavuori works with light and space, the circumstances, the surrounding relationships and the tactile material/ity of the light. Her light art installations have been described as conceptual and on occasion even implied. As a lighting designer she has worked in the wide field of performing arts, in particular with contemporary dance both in Finland and abroad. She is a doctoral candidate at the Performing Arts Research Centre, the University of the Arts Helsinki, since 2019.
Olivia Pohjola is working as a lighting designer in the field of arts. She is interested in moments provided by arts, where the yard stick for humanity is revealed in relation to the non-human world. In her works, Pohjola searches for interfaces between an illusion and the situation after the illusion is broken. Her latest artistic works include Be the Ocean (Barker Theatre, Turku, 2021) and Eliané (Vabalava, MadHouse, 2019). At present, Pohjola is engaged in metal works and drawing.
Päivi Alajuntti has lived in different parts of Finland, currently working in Fiskars. She graduated in 1991 as Master of Arts from the University of Art and Design Helsinki (nowadays Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture), also completing some music courses at the Sibelius Academy.
Alajuntti is a multidisciplinary artist and often works in the field of site-specific art. She is interested in the inter/intra-action of light, sound, color, space, time and materials: how different art forms influence both each other and people who interpret their perceptions. The master's thesis approached light and sound from a perspective of colour (212 pages and a temporary light and sound installation Niinkuin kahdesta/As Two). Light is a prerequisite for seeing and it is always of some color. The concept of colour refers to different things in music and visual arts, and in everyday speech the word colour has several meanings.
In light art she has used artificial or nature light, fire, characteristic or artificial filter colors of different light sources, direct/indirect light, light-shadow-space, natural and found materials reflecting their characteristic light colors, connotations of colours and expressions etc. Themes has dealt to human and nature related issues, i.a. poverty, fragility, death and ecological crisis, sometimes in a humorous way too.
After a generated idea the working process starts: acquire background information and photos, explore and move around on-site (if possible), think, interpret and write as well as sketch and experiment - it's a persistent dialogue how lights and materials cooperate in relation to the ambience of the idea, with each other and with space and time.
In addition to solo and group exhibitions, Alajuntti has worked in a variety of visual arts positions, for instance as a initiator and motor of site-specific and community art projects, member of event workgroups, teacher, lecturer, curator and as a specialist of visual arts.
Pasi Rauhala is a media artist with a focus on interactivity, spatiality, and public space. During his 20-year-career he has taught in all the major Finnish art schools and participated in dozens of art productions as an artist, curator, producer, or coordinator. For Rauhala art is a never ending adventure that can lead you anywhere.
I'm a multidisciplinary artist and artisan and working with light gives me freedom of expression in a dreamlike way. Scaling from small to big or layering objects such broken glass and seeds tells stories of the place, the land and ways of interacting with it. My site-specific and process-based works and projects are usually an experimental mix of materials and usually filled with different traditional crafting skills. I am interested in identities, social behavior, traditions, learning by doing, communities, nature-relation, public space, wastelands, fibers and forests.
Kilpeläinen works as an artist and a freelance designer. She creates light art, lighting design, scenography, cross-disciplinary pieces and participates in various collaborative projects, including the art collective KOKIMO (2010–), of which she is a founding member. Kilpeläinen is also a writer, editor, and curator. Along all this Kilpeläinen works as an hourly-paid lecturer in The University of the Arts Helsinki's Theatre Academy. She also is a doctoral candidate in the field of art and design. As an artist, Kilpeläinen has a specific focus on dramaturgy, light, space, stage, site-sensitivity, realities, perceptions and sustainability. Her work has been exhibited and performed in Finland and internationally. Kilpeläinen is a board member of the Finnish OISTAT Centre and a board member of the Finnish Light Art Society (FLASH). She chaired the board of Lighting, Sound and Video Designers in Finland (SVÄV), 2016–2019.
Ramboll Valostudio is a multidisciplinary design team specializing in the lighting of public areas, premises and properties. The group consists of lighting professionals with special expertise in design, landscape architecture and electrical engineering.
Rami Saarikorpi is a respected photographer with over 30 years of experience in specialized photography. His expertise spans various photographic techniques, and he has been involved in developing several innovative methods in the field of photography. He is particularly known for his expertise in 360-degree panoramic photography and has earned a reputation for his skillful and stunning 360-degree panoramas.